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Some Tokyo municipalities start COVID vaccinations for children aged 5-11

A child, center, receives a coronavirus vaccination at The Fraternity Memorial Hospital in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on Feb. 28, 2022. (Mainichi/Junichi Sasaki)

TOKYO -- Coronavirus vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 have started in some municipalities in Tokyo, first in Adachi Ward on Feb. 26 and Sumida Ward on Feb. 28, and then in the city of Hachioji on March 1. In most other wards of the capital, they will start in early or mid-March.

    The city of Hachioji started group vaccinations for about 30,600 children on March 1 at three dedicated venues, including Konica Minolta Science Dome, while individual vaccinations are offered mainly on weekends at three medical institutions. Initially, children with disabilities or underlying medical conditions are targeted.

    In order to make it easier for children to spend their time waiting at the venues, the planetarium at the children's science museum will show animations on Sundays, and videos and books will be available at other venues.

    In Adachi Ward, individual vaccinations began on Feb. 26 at three pediatricians' offices, and in Sumida Ward, they started on Feb. 28 at The Fraternity Memorial Hospital.

    Other municipalities in Tokyo will also start inoculating children. Shibuya Ward plans to start on March 5, with 10 venues reserved for group vaccinations and three for individual ones. Edogawa Ward will start individual vaccinations as early as March 4.

    (Japanese original by Megumi Nokura, Hachioji Bureau; and Mei Nammo, Tokyo City News Department; and Kazuo Yanagisawa, Tokyo Bureau)

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